Women’s Wednesday Series ft. Maisie Place ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง

September 29, 2021
Welcoming a brand-new Women’s Wednesday Series supporting our amazing Women in Motorsport, learning a little bit more about their journey so far ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง ๐Ÿš˜ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ
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To kick off this series we got Maisie Place, a well-known RX8 CUP Competitor and Race Chix Ambassador, to answer some of our questions.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ? ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค?
From an early age, my dad would always take the family to watch races. I think the first time I went to the racetrack I would have been about 5 for the Muscle Car Masters which were held on Fatherโ€™s Day – it was always dadโ€™s Fatherโ€™s Day present to go watch some racing.
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Growing up we always had paddock bashers, so I learnt to drive manual when I was just 6 years old. Throughout my childhood being at racetracks regularly I always dreamt of becoming a racecar driver, but money always held us back, so I never competed in karting or anything.
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When I was about 8 or 9, we got an RX7 and by the time I was 14 dad decided it was going to be a fun motorkhana car, thatโ€™s when we started entering events. Eventually when I was 16, we put a cage in the car and took it up to Jon Waterhouse to get some work done that we couldnโ€™t do ourselves at home.
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From then we competed in Track Days at Wakefield Park in the RX7 and after falling in love with Jonโ€™s workshop I moved out of home and became his apprentice at the age of 17. Through Jonโ€™s connections I ended up hearing about RX8 cup and with dads help, put together the money to buy a cup car and compete in a race for the first time when I was 18 under the guidance of Phil at RaceAway.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‘๐š๐œ๐ž๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ?
Since my last event with RaceAway I have been continuing in the RX8 cup Series, including our most recent round at Morgan Park. I had a lot of plans to do endurance races and other small events but since this last lockdown we have had to put a hold on those plans.

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  • ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ?
My first helmet was just a motorbike helmet I got when I was 14 to compete in the motokhanas but I brought my first circuit helmet when I was 18, which was the same time I bought the cup car.
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  • ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค?
My favourite track is definitely Wakefield Park because thatโ€™s where I first drove, but the most amazing circuit Iโ€™ve ever driven is The Bend in SA.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
When Iโ€™m not racing Iโ€™m either at work (as a qualified mechanic), playing with rotaries or down the coast at my parentโ€™s house building racecars with my dad.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง?
During the lockdown I have been continuing to work, while also catching up on some of my own projects. I have blown the engine up in my road car so now has been the perfect time for me to get it back onto the road as well as fix up a bit of the bodywork.
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  • ๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ?
Being able to go down to the South Coast to see my family and work on the racecars. Iโ€™m hoping we get another race in this year but as long as I get to see my family for Christmas, Iโ€™ll be happy!
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What an amazing story, thanks Maisie ๐Ÿ‘ Be sure to follow along in the coming weeks to hear more from other inspiring ladies in the sport! #womeninmotorsport #inspirationalwomen
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